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4 All Old Folks around the Globe Part 9 about a Fast Forward to the Past in order to get to the Future in Part 10

May 23, 2018

Something that happened a few days ago made me think of an old Saint in South African Politics; in a way it’s the story my old Blogging Buddy Cheech of Iowa once told about the Bishop who was asked to call the Bama a Saint.  Cheech, where RU?  Come in now and share your wisdom with all of us.

Well, it reminded me about old Saint Langenhoven and his story about donkeys.  I ran it in Facebook and it is a must read if you ever want to get to grips with Africa.

 ad it now:

 https://web.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=406410803174077&id=100014154821462&comment_id=406751016473389&notif_id=1526922310783607&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

Having had a career in Statistical Analysis I can tell you by reading the Headline of a Facebook Post what numbers of likely comments can be expected.

In this case getting two was a surprise, but I did expect at least one.

Part 10 is in preparation, in which we will get to Africa and I shall mention the name of Julius Malema in that.  Go ahead and Google that name; take some time on it and get yourself acquainted with a future President of South Africa, by the way highly likely to be renamed to become Azania in the not too distant future.

For the information of my regular WordPress readers, I am Part of the Half of FaceBook readers that are not Donkeys.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

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4 All Old Folks around the Globe Part 8 about the mess the World was in as 1948 ended, and before that the mess we ended with in 1898.

May 20, 2018

Those of you that is old enough to know must speak out and say how to do it if we are ever going to meet the future in 2048 while we remain dead on course back to the past.

Here I sit today; my Vodacom Internet Connection is working smooth as silk, or butter; everything is fine but my Email is dead as a DODO.

I have lived long enough to have experienced the good and the bad; in fact I can handle both because I know the differences.  There is nothing any asshole can throw at me that I cannot handle and I shall do so with this one too.

If it is War they want War is what they will get.

For those living outside of Africa, I suggest you Google the name of a fellow called Julius Malema.  It is not just about the Land; this War is about Money Control.  The land story will be easy, Julius; it is the Money Control that you will have to destroy.

Julius, young Man, I have girthed my loins; my lances and spears have been sharpened and oiled.

Get ready, young lad; my first targets are nou PEP Stores followed by Velocity Trade and then I am going to expose the SA Financial Services Board [the FSB as they got named by the big Forces that are in control and tell the FSB what they must do].

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

4 All Old Folks around the Globe Part 7 on dates and times on the Journey of Life

May 15, 2018

I have written on Life as a Journey:

https://ikejakson.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/life-is-a-journey/

 on Cycles and Circles on time in History of our Journey:

https://ikejakson.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/cycles-andor-circles-in-the-affairs-of-nations-and-countries/

And last for today, have a final look at:

https://ikejakson.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/things-and-time-get-better-with-age/

So, really, when are we ever old enough to be classified as Old?  When our daughter was in her mid thirties she did not understand that I called that the adolescent period with Adulthood starting at 40 …

On her 39th birthday I wrote:

https://ikejakson.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/a-look-at-age-39-on-the-journey-of-life/

…. and I left it at that but on her 40th birthday I wrote her:

https://ikejakson.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/40-today/

to welcome her to adulthood to which she replied [and her reply told me she had made it and was quite safe then] well, she replied with a “it feels good this side of 40” and peaked early in life after that so that she is now strong, independent, self-reliant, and beautiful at 44.  She is a brick in the BHS though that has virtually collapsed in recent years and, I am sure of it, she will be one of the few that can really help to pull it out of the doldrums.

So, when are we going to be old then, some will ask.  My advice is that you get through your golden years from 50 to 60; at that point you are young and beautiful and all you need is to mature gracefully.

So we come to the end of the line … and I will close this off with that; with just more than two months to get to 78 I look around me and see older folks of 85 and some close to 90 but most of my compatriots have gone ahead and I know of not one who tried to resist their time and neither will I when mine comes around.

I have lived and loved it; most were days of joy but some were sorrows though very few of the latter.

Go well, my friends.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

4 All Old Folks around the Globe

April 6, 2018

Now watch me soon; one of these days I am going to publish a Post in the language of Afrikaans, which is derived from Dutch, or Netherlands as it is more often referred to by one Geert Wilders [a fiery politician as never before he arrived in that Old Land] from where we hail from and occupied the land that is now called South Africa.

When we arrived here England wanted to grab it too, and soon did but the Dutch fought back like tigers in a cage; some Frenchies arrived, some Germans too and soon after a fair bunch of Portuguese; for some or other reason Spain stayed out of here, or perhaps they were already to busy in the New America, and that gave you guys out there your Mexico, and of course, your Cuba.  Portugal invaded South America and gave you Brasilia.

It is one helluva story.

Eventually the Brits prevailed after some crazy fellow discovered diamonds in a place called Kimberly and soon another crazy buggar picked up a rock in a place that is now called Johannesburg and found the darn rock was solid gold.  Of course he then started digging into the ground and realised that the entire reef he was walking on was almost solid gold.

That was too much for the Brits; they had established their ruling in the Cape and later on in Natal [where they had first shot the hell out of the Zulu Nation] and now descended on the remaining porion of the land called South Africa and took it by brutal force.  Some idiot remembered William Tecumseh Sherman and his march to the sea in America and did same out here; following Sherman’s rule of leaving “a scorched earth” policy’ women and children were put behind barbed wire fences to care for themselves with whatever they had; all able bodied men were rounded up and those who did not want to stop fighting were packed off and shipped out to a place Brittain called Ceylon [where they had previously done the same, and where all the “prisoners” from South Africa were dumped to care for themselves.  Oh yes, almost forgot, Ceylon was the name the Brits gave to what is today Sri Lanka during the time they invaded India.

Our Dad [see my Post about my Brother Dirkie] was 5 years old at the time of the annexation of the gold reef up in the Transvaal Province of South Africa but he was living the life of a young boy, the son of an itinerant farm hand and general labourer on dry land some awesome 140 miles north of Cape Town

That is not the lowest point of Africa BTW.

The lowest point on the African continent is at L’Ugulhas:

Latitude/longitude:34°49′20″S20°01′02″E
Decimal coordinates:-34.8223 20.0173

As a bit of mirth for those who understand Dutch, the name of L’Agulhas is a difficult word for us and we just call it Ugallas because at low tide the water on the beach comes up to your ankles before it goes higher up as the tide come in but you retreat before it reaches above the knees and you will be washed out to the seas when it reaches your ……where the sharks will eat and feast of your …….

Anyway, of those who came most merged with others except for the British; they, the British, came to conquer and grab the land.  The Dutch merely wanted to use what is now Cape Town [then called The Tavern of the Seas] as a half way station to take in fresh food, water and repair damages to the leaking wooden tubs that they called ships in those days; the French came to plant grapes to make some good wines; some Germans came as artisans and stayed behind.

It is a long story with many versions of truth and lies nut one fact stands out.  The Englishman came to conquer and to rule whereas the others just stayed because there was space and good land.

You must remember that England was England at the time.  Scotland ad Ireland were independent monarchies and both would not have felt sorry for England if old Guy Fawkes had succeeded to blow up the England parliament in 1606.  Some McGregor’s and MacDonald’s made good husbands and wives for the Dutch [at that time called Netherlanders or Hollanders] in need of spouses.  They were more amicable than the English and with Dutch majority [apart from the English majority of the Ruling class who would remain England pretty soon started an Africanised version of Dutch with their exposure to the African Sun and the original tribal groups of the Aboriginals of the regions north of the Tavern and eventually east in what is today called Kwa-Zulu Natal, but that name came much later.

England was pretty much dominant in the now called Cape Town area and finally ended all Dutch dreams of resurrection of some Dutch influence early in the 1800 hundreds.

Shucks Folks, I have just realized the Ole Jan van Riebeeck stepped ashore in Table Bay on this day in 1652 and he story is much too long to complete in one Post.

See you all soon with Part Two.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

A Tribute to Julius Malema as a future President of South Africa

February 10, 2018

There are many sources and theories on this day in history when Brutus arrived at his meeting with the Caesar.

 The Caesar asked:

 “Et Tu, Brutus …?”

 The one I like best was [from Brutus in reply]:

 “I have not come to praise thee, Oh Caesar … I ave come to kill and bury thee.”

 Of all those who aspire to greatness in Africa and the rich White and Black, young Julius Malema, born as the son of a Domestic Worker on 3rd March 1981 is the only one with the guts to tell present incumbent Jacob Zuma “You gotta pay back that money.”

 Go well, Julius.

 Malema has broken free from old politics to tell his own people what the real problem is.

 Watch out for my follow up on this Post.

 Ike Jakson

saka Americoon in Americus GA.

 Running in Facebook at the same time.

 Read some more on Julius in the references to Caesar and Brutus: [acknowledgement and complements to Google]:

 Searches related to: What did Caesar say to Brutus when he arrived?

t Tu Brute? Not Caesar’s Last Words – Today I Found Out

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/…/et-tu-brute-not-caesars-famous-last-words/

 Apr 30, 2013 – Brutus‘ influence was also of more immediate impact on Caesar’sassassination: he was ancestor of Marcus Junius Brutus, the very Brutus to whomCaesar (allegedly) cried to in death. … Plutarch and Suetonius would have something to sayabout this, if they’d been around to read Shakespeare’s account.

All speeches (lines) for Brutus in “Julius Caesar” :|: Open Source …

https://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/…/charlines.php?…Brutus…juliuscaesar

 Ay, Casca; tell us what hath chanced to-day, That Caesar looks so sad. 14. I,2,312. I should not then ask Casca … What said he when he came unto himself? 20. I,2,369. And after that,he came, thus sad, away? 21. I,2,390 ….Caesar than you shall do to Brutus. The question of… 86. III,2,1591. My countrymen,—. 87. III,2,1594.

Et tu, Brute? – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_tu,_Brute%3F

 Caesar initially resisted his attackers, but when he saw Brutus, he reportedly responded as hedied. The historical Caesar’s last words are not known with certainty. The Roman historian Suetonius, a century and a half after the incident, claims Caesar said nothing as hedied, but that others reported that Caesar’s last words …

Missing: arrived

Julius Caesar Act 2, Scene 1 Summary – Shmoop

https://www.shmoop.com/julius-caesar/act-2-scene-1-summary.html

 Thus Brutus decides action must be taken now, as Caesar is like a serpent’s egg—dangerous once hatched. (Time to make an omelet.) While doing all this thinking, Brutus sends his servant Lucius to light a candle in his room. Lucius returns with a letter he’s found (Cassius’s invention). The letter says Brutus should …

In Julius Caesar, why does Caesar say “Even you, Brutus?” before his …

https://www.enotes.com › Homework Help › Julius Caesar

 He doesn’t, actually. He says “and you,Brutus?”, sometimes read as meaning “even you, Brutus?”, or perhaps “and you, as well,Brutus?”. And he says it in Latin. The one moment in this Roman play where Shakespeare has someone speak in Latin. It’s as if this colossal moment in the play: the central thirty seconds of action …

No Fear Shakespeare: Julius Caesar: Act 4, Scene 2, Page 2

nfs.sparknotes.com › No Fear Shakespeare › Julius Caesar

LUCILLIUS. They plan to spend the night in Sardis. The larger part, the main body of cavalry, are coming with Cassius. BRUTUS. Hark! He isarrived. March gently on to meet him.BRUTUS. Look! He’s arrived. March to meet him at a dignified pace. Enter CASSIUS and his powers. CASSIUS enters with his army. CASSIUS.

SparkNotes: Julius Caesar: Act III, scenes ii–iii

http://www.sparknotes.com › SparkNotes › Shakespeare Study Guides › Julius Caesar

Brutus and Cassius enter the Forum with a crowd of plebeians. Cassius exits to speak to another portion of the crowd. Brutus addresses the onstage crowd, assuring them that they may trust in his honor. He did not kill Caesar out of a lack of love for him, he says, but because his love for Rome outweighed his love of a single …

No Fear Shakespeare: Julius Caesar: Act 1, Scene 2, Page 5

nfs.sparknotes.com › No Fear Shakespeare › Julius Caesar

 BRUTUS. I don’t, Cassius, though I loveCaesar very much. But why do you keep me here so long? What do you want to tell me? If it’s for the good of all Romans, … And bade him follow. So indeed he did. The torrent roared, and we did buffet it. With lusty sinews, throwing it aside. And stemming it with hearts of controversy.

Did Caesar Really Say, “Et Tu, Brute?” | The Philology Institute

http://www.thephilologyinstitute.com/2017/03/14/did-caesar-really-say-et-tu-brute/

Mar 14, 2017 – When [Caesar] came in and the Senate saw him, the members rose out of respect to him. … With rage and outcriesCaesar turned now upon one and now upon another like a wild animal, but, after receiving the wound from Brutus he at last despaired and, veiling himself with his robe, composed himself for …

Julius Caesar Act 2 Summary and Analysis | GradeSaver

http://www.gradesaver.com/julius-caesar/study-guide/summary-act-2

3 days ago – Cassius, Casca, Decius, Cinna, Metellus and Trebonius, all of them conspirators against Caesar, have arrived at Brutus‘ home. … Brutus says that, “Since Cassius first didwhet me against Caesar / I have not slept” (2.1.61) He adds to this that his mind, “Like to a little kingdom, suffers then / The nature of an …

Ike Jakson

saka Americoon in Americus GA.

Good work from The Hogg Man

December 14, 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017

 

  South Africa’s cash-strapped Treasury has just received some welcome news from Facebook’s chief financial director Dave Wehner.

Facebook has a large and hugely profitable slice of SA’s online advertising market. But because SA clients are billed out of Facebook’s international HQ in Ireland, no tax is paid to the SA Treasury. The company’s rationale is purely financial: Ireland has a company tax rate of 12.5%. SA’s is 28%.

After mounting pressure from many countries including the UK, Facebook has agreed to address its morally indefensible practice. In his Facebook blog published on Tuesday, CFO Wehner promised that in future “advertising revenue supported by our local teams…will be recorded by our local company in that country.” Put another way, something over R500m a year in SA-bought advertising on Facebook that’s now going to Ireland will in future be invoiced by the Johannesburg office. And the tax on the profit will paid in South Africa.

It’s a breakthrough in the running battle between smaller countries and tax avoiding multinationals. And is sure to put the local spotlight onto Google, which has a similar structure to Facebook, but six times the revenues. According to PWC, in 2016 Google generated a hefty R2.8bn from its SA online advertising clients. Taxpayers will be hoping where Mark Zuckerberg’s company has now gone, the one controlled by Larry Page and Sergey Brin will follow. Doing so would make Google’s “do no evil” credo almost palatable.

Best

 Signed by Alec

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

Good work Alec!  What you gotta do now is hit Velocity Trade and the rest of the thieves.

Evolution and Demise of the Manifest Destiny of Mankind Part One

October 5, 2017

Our family often visited the World famous Kruger National Park when our children were young.  The Kruger haven is or largest natural game reserve situated in what was then called the Eastern Transvaal region of South Africa of the day; millions of the rich in the World crowd the reserve today.  It has become the refuge of the rich and famous; all kinds of celebrities of dubious honor come in large groups and the old days when it was a weekend away for ordinary citizens have long gone.

Let me cut this story short.

I enjoyed visiting Pretoriuskop Camp in the southwest corner of the Park; always booked a cottage at the end of the northeast section close to the natural pool and from our front porch I looked out over maybe 60 by 80 meters of open space towards the surrounding fence [erected around all camps to keep the large animals of prey out] from where I could watch the monkeys climbing over the strong wire fence late afternoon to settle in a massively large wild fig tree for the night.  There would be half an hour of loud discussions [never any fight or injured monkey] as each one would find his reserved space according to what was obviously a rigid pecking order system obeyed by every single member of the clan.  Early next morning they would come down out of the tree, climb out over the fence and go about their business of looking for food for the day.  It was obvious from the orderly discussions before they all left that each of them had his role cut out for the day.  I never in many years saw any fights, friction or any signs of havoc in the World of the Kruger Park Monkey species.

I also never saw one rich or one poor monkey; none wore rings or mink coats; never saw one neglected young kiddy monkey or a poor one begging for food.

We were there last time in 1977 and my readers will all remember that we did not have fax machines or cellular phones at that time.  Computers were large big blue machines; input was all on punched cards; output had reached the tape deck stage and reams of paper; desktop computers did not exist as yet and there was no Internet.  The monkey species had reached their peak and they would continue to prosper but would do so within a strict order of discipline and duty.

Let me give you an example.

***

Just decided to end Part One here to give you all enough time to work out what you may expect in Part Two.  ‘Nuff said if I tell you all that you will be shocked right down into your boots, or your little toes if you are not wearing boots at the time when you read Part Two.

The series will run concurrently in WordPress and Facebook.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

A short Interlude

September 26, 2017

I don’t know how long it will be but I have to take a short interlude for my eye.

It is not getting any better though I keep hoping that the deterioration has slowed down and I am taking care to protect what I have and that it doesn’t get worse.

However, I have learned that one must listen when the human body speaks.  I have had a good life; done my bit to live and let live and now face an adversary in Court on Thursday 19th instant.  I need all my wits and powers of observation to clear that hurdle.

Blogging is not all I live for; life has more than that and the Internet is not much more than a convenient tool to me.  It is more often the opposite of that and were it not for the fact that our family ties are now spread around the globe I would live without the Net.

On the other hand it has bestowed on me the joys of meeting a few people that I would not otherwise have met.  I won’t mention names now but a few of us are in regular email contact and they mean a lot to me.  They more than make up for the negative side of the Net that I abhor and despise in human life.

To these few, thank you guys and gals; you are blessings from our Lord God to me and I hope to be that to you one day when you need a shoulder as you have been for me.

For a while therefore my contribution to this Blog will be the minimum that I feel I should do that must be done now.  I remain positive about our Country and will make my contribution to ensure a better life for all whenever or whatever I can contribute to that.  Darn and damn those who cannot see it this way simply because they do not want to see it.

Bless you, all true friends.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

 

Attorneys versus Robots

June 18, 2017

I am well qualified through experience to handle this important matter and invite you all to join me here in the course of the next few weeks.

 The articles will be of fun and of tragedy; of reality and the bliss of total ignorance and from farce to hard facts.

 Come join me and make your contributions.

 Ike Jakson

Saka Americoon in Americus GA, the seat of Sumter County, and just 9 miles East of Plains GA where “Djimmie” became President in 1976.  I actually shook his wimpy hand on three occasions and attended a Sunday school Class by him in December of 1987.

The Natural Laws of Average and Majorities chapter One

May 21, 2017

The reader will soon see why this post is called chapter One.

 Try it:

 If you Google “The Average Law” you will find:

Law of averages – Wikipedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_averages

The law of averages (which is not considered a valid mathematical rule or principle) is the belief that a particular outcome or event is inevitable or certain simply …

 If you Google “The Law of Averages” you will find:

 https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/law%20of%20averages

 Definition of law of averages

  1. : the commonsense observation that probability influences everyday life so that over the long term the possible outcomes of a repeated event occur with specific frequencies.”

 That is about all that is worth anything on Google on the matters of the Average Law or the Law of Average whichever you may choose to call it.  Do Google now and see what you come up with.

 It was my good fortune to meet an old guy of my age in recent years with an interest in the Philosophy of History; we soon discovered points of agreement and other points of mutual interest in observation and interpretation of current and past events.  A bond developed out of that and the points on which we differed; that in turn lead to discussions on where we are in the World today and where we are going; where the World is going.

 When we got to the basics we found that we were talking about what we have since decided to call “The Natural Laws of Average and Majorities” and that is what will form a book on the most astounding revelations of all the known sciences, peoples, countries, attitudes and humanity as compared with Nature.

 He had spent a lifetime in research much like mine but he retained his faith in the survival of the species when he returned to rural life whereas I have more or less given up and recently decided to get “back to the City” as described in my two recent Posts One and Two right here.

 We discussed that the other day and in some way or another [we had been talking of Natural Majorities] he said to me:

 “You know what?”

 I said “no, please tell me.’

 “If you want any clear idea simple, straight and most common proof of the value of current day communication it is in the fact that the vast majority of the public, or of humanity, that can read want to write and see their names in print.  That is why they are all on the Internet,” he said.

 “And those that cannot read or write?” I asked.

 “They don’t count,” he replied.

 I was amazed.

 “Which of the two groups is in the majority?” I asked.

 To my amazement he replied: “Nobody knows the answer to that.”

 Read Chapter Two when you see it.  We hope to publish it real soon.

 Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon